CONNECT WITH THE EXPERTS. Our Adventure Coaches came from all over to Headlands, but share a common passion for our surroundings and thrive on connecting our guests with all Pacific City and Oregon’s North Coast have to offer. Whatever you can think of, they’re up to the challenge – from beach bonfires and bird watching to crabbing and kayaking. To plan your unique experience, connect with an Adventure Coach at adventure@headlandslodge.com or call the lodge at 503.483.3000.

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    Lauren Pahl

    A native Oregonian, Lauren likes to take full advantage of her surroundings. From growing up snowboarding to recently finding a love of surfing, she can be found outside immersed in nature whenever possible. Her love of travel is spurred by her curiosity and sense of adventure, she feels most creative when she is exploring a new place. Lauren has lived all over the world but is continuously drawn back to the salty air of the Oregon Coast. She graduated with a Social Science degree, with an emphasis in globalization, environment and policy. Her passion to protect the great outdoor playground reflects in her eagerness to learn, educate and encourage people to find the same awe and respect she feels when she looks out at the ocean at sunset or experiences another sunrise in the crisp mountain air. In her free time, she tries to keep up with her dog Jinx – who she rescued from the streets of Mexico.

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    Ryan Fox

    Ryan cares deeply about the world around him as well as its wildlife. He is a certified veterinary nurse; he has worked with the penguins at the Oregon Zoo and studied migratory birds throughout North America. In Pacific City he enjoys birding along the shores of the Sandlake Estuary. He often works to make our local beaches better places for visitors and wildlife by picking up trash. When he’s not out riding waves on his surfboard or digging clams in Netarts Bay, he’s teaching guests about all the best parts about the beach, especially the tide pools. In his free time, Ryan enjoys culinary pursuits, including crafting cocktails, brewing kombucha, and making fermented foods. He, his wife, and their rescue beagle, Buddy, are avid explorers of the Oregon Coast, discovering its many trails, its sights, and its exceptional camping locales.

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    Sarah Schouten

    Sarah grew up in Ventura, California and has since been working her way up the west coast. Attending college in Santa Cruz and now adjusted to her new home Pacific City Oregon, she has never been able to pull herself away from the ocean. Throughout her life, Sarah has felt driven by two things: her passion for people and their stories and her love of adventure and exploration. In college, she worked in child development and, in her spare time, planned beach adventures for kids with special needs and guided white water rafting trips for private parties. Immediately prior to joining us at Headlands, she travelled across Europe, chasing new experiences and enjoying new people and their ideas. She now thrives on creating memorable vacations for guests. Her hobbies of choice will always be visiting with family, water sports, hiking, and road trips.

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    Laura Kulju

    A Pacific City native, Laura is a snowboarder returned home following a 12-year hiatus in Bend, Oregon, where she worked outside operations and events at Mt. Bachelor for nearly a decade. Laura loves to travel and has been around the world; she has recently lived in Barcelona, Spain –a place she considers to be her second home. She is both a veterinary technician and a student of anthropology who aspires to be a field primatologist –she has even worked as a caretaker at an Oregon chimpanzee sanctuary. In her spare time, Laura operates her own sustainable, cruelty-free farm; she enjoys volunteering her farms baby goats to visit people with disabilities. Laura loves sharing her knowledge of local areas, flora, fauna, and indigenous culture with others; and she takes pride in delivering a fun, educational and memorable coastal experience to all.

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    Michael Swamer

    Michael has been living in Oregon on and off for the last 10 years. Oregon’s outdoor offerings has continuously pulled him back from travels around the world because of its unique geography, climate, and people. He has been a life-long surfer and snowboarder, which has led him to some beautiful places in the world, but none as beautiful as Oregon. There is no experience quite like watching the sunrise on Mt. Hood’s snowy peak and ending the day watching the sun sink behind the horizon while riding the waves from some far flung storm in the Pacific. In college, he studied Geography and Photography. Maps and photographs have always been an integral part of his outdoor passions that create a sense of place for him and help reveal a story of the landscape. He is most fascinated about how a place has been shaped through time. The stories of these special places must be told because they have shaped him profoundly. Sharing these stories is an integral part of connecting people to the land, which in turn fuels a stewardship to protect these places for generations to come.

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